KNARESBOROUGH: Castle Yorkshire

KNARESBOROUGH: A 12th Century Castle

Knaresborough Castle Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire stands high on a cliff above the River Nidd. The castle was first built by a Norman baron in c. 1100 on a cliff above the River Nidd. There is documentary evidence dating from 1130 referring to works carried out at the castle by Henry Read more…

Crackpot village road sign Yorkshire Dales

Is there really a place called Crackpot? YES! There is!

Crackpot ! The Yorkshire Dales does have beautiful villages with wonderful names. And, no I haven’t made it up. It is in Swaledale. Here it is on the map:   It’s easy to find. You just follow the sign:   It’s a tiny village with a few cottages and some Read more…

Barnard CastleBarnard Castle ,12thCentury, County Durham, ruin,

From Booze Moor to the Land of the Prince Bishops

Booze Moor, Whaw, High Faggergill, Low Faggergill, Hoove and Stang…. ….how I love Yorkshire Place names. This small section from my road atlas covers an area of about 5 square miles (that’s out of the 4,500 square miles which the County of Yorkshire covers): The dotted line at the top Read more…

Savick House Lancaster canal bridge 13 Preston Lancashire walk towpath

From Haslem Park to the Last Whistle Café.

Lancaster Canal: Bridges 13 – 17 On a Bank Holiday Monday there is no better place to be than the towpath on a quiet stretch of the Lancaster Canal.  OK, so there might be a narrowboat or two, and perhaps some fishermen and maybe even a few dog-walkers.  Nothing to Read more…

16th century Townend Barn in Troutbeck Lake District

17th Century Barn Doors in Troutbeck Village

Townend Barn in the Lakeland village of Troutbeck  has remained essentially untouched for over 350 years. The oldest part was built in 1666, with a newer (!) extension which dates back to the 18th century. It is still part of a working farm. The farmer uses it for lambing and Read more…

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